Weekend Shows: Built to Spill tonight, Lincoln Calling, Oquoa

Built to Spill (photo by Stephen Gere)

Built to Spill (photo by Stephen Gere)

My favorite Built to Spill show was seeing them in 2009 at Slowdown. It was also the first time I interviewed frontman/guitarist Doug Martsch, who is an extremely nice guy. What stuck out for me wasn’t talking about the band’s 2009 album, “There Is No Enemy,” but how Martsch actually refused to talk about it at all. It’s interesting that a guy would submit to an interview but let his art actually speak for itself.

“If you’re told that a song is about something, even if the artist said so, I don’t believe it. I know from my own experience that I’ll say something in an interview that’s completely not true, ” he told me back then. “I don’t even want to know the meaning behind the things that I love.”

You can see the band tonight at The Waiting Room at 9 .m. Slam Dunk as well as Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) and his band, the Dust, open the show. Tickets are a steep $22.

More recommended shows:

• Of course, also going on over the weekend is Lincoln Calling. Today’s band of the day is bluegrass outfit Hot Buttered Rum. You can get the full lineup at LincolnCalling.com.

• Oquoa is a newish project that features some folks you probably already know: JJ Idt, Roger Lewis and Max Holmquist. Idt and Lewis you know most recently from Conduits and Holmquist goes by Great American Desert when he plays solo. Sounds like a wild matchup. See ‘em Saturday at O’Leaver’s at 9:30 p.m.

• Also on Saturday is the Benson Zombie Walk. There are at least two shows going on following the gig at the Barley Street and at The Waiting Room. Should be a blast, just don’t think you walked into “The Walking Dead” and freak out. They’re just people in makeup. Chill.

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